May Lacey had a stroke onboard a cross Channel ferry. Two hours later, the effects were being reversed and she walked out of the hospital just six days later.
There are two stories here: the speedy response to a medical emergency; and her astonishing recovery. That the emergency services managed the quick response is hardly a story at all – had they not then that might have been a story. Still, the men and women who made it happen deserve their applause.
The real story is thrombolysis and its adoption by East Kent Hospitals University NHS Trust. Why is this not available in every A&E department in Britain? It is surely a no-brainer. Look at what it will save: the occupied beds; the costs; the human suffering of victim, carer and family.
newsletter-141 This astonishing story is re-printed from Stroke Watch No.14 which is shown in full under Newsletter.
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